Streakin Illusively is the Fastest Qualifier in Trials for the TQHA Sale Futurity Tonight at Sam Houston Race Park

(July 15, 2006) - Two-year-old American Quarter Horses took center stage Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park as trials were held for the $341,700 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1). There were a total of 8 trial races on the card for yearlings purchased in the 2005 TQHA Yearling Sale.

It was a repeat of the owner/trainer connections as Streakin Ilusively, owned by Lou Phillips of Houston and trained by Janet Van Bebber, was the fastest qualifier. Martin Rubalcava rode the son of Streakin La Jolla to victory in the fourth trial of the evening, crossing the wire of the 350-yard contest in :17.706. Last year Van Bebber and Phillips also had the fastest qualifier with Shazoomer, who topped his 2-year-old rivals with a time of :17.880.

“We’ve liked this colt from the very beginning,” said Van Bebber. “He was one of my favorites in the sale and Lou (Phillips) has been patient and allowed me to bring him along. He broke his maiden impressively with enough time for him to come into this race fresh. He had a bullet work of the day preparing for tonight; you just couldn’t ask for a horse to do any better. It’s early yet; things may still happen. You have to pray that he pulls up good, but to date, he’s been a very sound horse. I’m excited.”

Van Bebber also saddled the second fastest qualifier, Shakeatea, a Royal Shakem colt owned by Pete A. Scarmardo, who won the fifth race in :17.874. Rubalcava was the winning rider.

“I have to give credit to Martin,” commented Van Bebber. “He’s liked this colt since we broke him back at the farm. He’s another typical Royal Shake Em, where they do everything right and give you all they’ve got every single time. He qualified for the MBNA East Challenge at Delta. He came out of it with a problem with his foot, and he still ran a very game race in the final. He’s all over that now, and he put together a very nice race today.”

Truley Poised, a sorrel filly owned by James H. Cordell and trained by Duane Hartsell won the first trial of the evening in :17.906 and her time established her as the third fastest qualifier under Luis Ramirez.

The ten fastest qualifiers will return to Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, July 29 to compete for a purse of $341,700. The TQHA Sale Futurity caps an eventful weekend with the TQHA Yearling Sale set for Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 and four Texas Summer Showdown stakes carded on the Friday evening program.

$341,700 TQHA Sale Futurity
Trials: Saturday, July 15, 2006
Final: Saturday, July 29, 2006
2-year-olds 350 yards

Horse Jockey Trainer Qualifying Time
Streakin Illusively Martin Rubalcava Janet Van Bebber :17.706
Shakeatea Martin Rubalcava Janet Van Bebber :17.874
Truly Poised Duane Hartsell Luis Ramirez :17.906
Snowy Alibi Alfonso Lujan Janet Van Bebber :17.961
Bridled Lightnin Bobby Moore Jr. Jeff Jerman :17.988
Look And Runaway Alfonso Lujan Joseph Manucy :18.009
Volatility Rodrigo Vallejo Carlos Martinez :18.080
Sixaflying Martin Rubalcava Jose Garza :18.083
Van Helsing Judd Kearl James Brooks :18.094
Mayor Mae Danny Lavergne Kenneth Roberts Sr. :18.116

*Track Record for 350 Yards: Hotdoggin :17.360- July 27, 2001.

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